Nation: Tandem Trouble

Carter tries to delay a primary

Jimmy Carter's campaign strategists live with at least one recurring nightmare: the President gets clobbered by a write-in vote for Edward Kennedy in New Hampshire's opening Democratic primary next Feb. 26, and then on the following Tuesday, March 4, he loses badly in Massachusetts to some popular Bay State Democrat serving as a stand-in for Kennedy. Since such a pair of defeats is no way to start a re-election campaign, the Carter forces have fought desperately to persuade Democratic Party officials in Massachusetts to delay their primary until April 15.

The attack has been two-pronged:

1) Thomas McGee,...

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